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Artificial Intelligence & Optimization for Improved Water Management – November 5-7, 2018 | Tucson, Arizona

Big data is the new normal in water, motivated by increasing demand, depletion, degradation, complexity, and costs.

While the water industry is data rich, it remains information poor, collecting more data than conventional computational methods can analyze efficiently and effectively.

How can this data, collected at significant costs, be transformed into knowledge, allowing critical decision-making to save resources across the board?

By integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and optimization into daily operations.

This comprehensive two-day course with an optional third day, taught by experts who helped pioneer the use of AI in water management, is designed for a wide range of industry professionals seeking cutting edge solutions: from managers looking for resource-saving applications for their organization, to hydrologists, engineers, and IT experts who want to apply the technology to support their modeling, prediction, and management problems.

The course will be held at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, one of the nation’s premier university research parks, located in Tucson, Arizona. Surrounded by mountains and the beautiful high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

An optional one-day guided tour of the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is also offered.

Register early as enrollment is limited to maximize instructor/attendee interaction.

“The training I received from Emery and the team at NOAH was exceptionally high quality and beneficial to my work. Content was presented logically and clearly, and customised for specific scientific questions that were most relevant to my field. After three days I went from a complete novice to someone with confidence to start trying ANN and optimisation approaches in groundwater projects.”

Neil Symington,
Groundwater Scientist, Geoscience Australia


2018 - November Registration Rates

Note: Late Registration Begins 10/05 Registration closes 10/25

Registration Type Early Registration Late Registration
Two Day Training $1,500.00 $1,650.00
 Optional Day 3 Hands-On Software Training/Q&A $750.00 $900.00
 Optional Grand Canyon Tour with Hiking $250.00 $275.00
 Optional Grand Canyon Tour without Hiking $150.00 $175.00
 Optional Monday Dinner $75.00 $100.00
Total $ $

Cancellation Policy:
NOAH accepts only written cancellations to info@smith-dale.com. Cancellations for registrations received on or before September 15, 2018, will receive a refund, less a $100 processing fee. There are no refunds for cancellations postmarked after September 15, 2018. Registrants are responsible for canceling their own hotel accommodations.

Training Description

In this training course, you will receive the theoretical and practical background necessary for developing AI and optimization models that help solve your complex water problems. On the optional third day, you will have hands-on software training in AI and optimization with the opportunity to apply learned methods to your own data sets.

This two-day course includes:

  • A historical overview of AI, its basic theoretical and mathematical foundations, practical considerations for implementation, with illustrative examples.
  • How to combine data with AI to extract knowledge and develop accurate forecasting models for both natural and manmade water systems.
  • An introduction to formal optimization and example applications to common water management problems.
  • How to combine AI with optimization models to identify optimal operational strategies.
  • Numerous real-world AI case studies that cover a broad spectrum of water management problems, from predicting groundwater elevations and water quality conditions to optimizing utility operations.
  • An introduction to commonly used AI and optimization software.

Optional third day:

  • Hands-on AI and optimization software use.
  • Attendees can apply methods and software to their own data sets.
  • Open question and answer session with instructors.

At the end of this course, attendees will understand how AI and optimization can individually and collectively help solve their particular water problems, thereby adding significant value to their data.

Attendees must bring their own laptop.
Recommended for two-day course. Required for optional third day.

After registering, you will be provided with detailed instructions for downloading course software.

NOAH experts have consulted on AI related water projects in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Australia, and have performed related research for the National Science Foundation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Geological Survey, among others.

Course Lecturers Include:

Dr. Emery Coppola Jr,Dr. Emery Coppola Jr President and Director of Product Development for NOAH, received his B.S. in Geology and Marine Science from the University of Miami (Florida), his M.S. in Geological Engineering from Drexel University, and his Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona. In addition to the United States, Dr. Coppola has consulted on AI-based water resources projects internationally, including Asia, Europe, and Australia. He has conducted AI research for the National Science Foundation, the United States Geological Survey, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, among others. He co-developed a patented AI and optimization-based decision support system for water management and is the first to apply AI to a number of water problems.

Dr. Mary Poulton,Dr. Mary Poulton Vice-President and Director of AI Modeling for NOAH, received her Ph.D. in geological engineering from the University of Arizona in 1990 and joined the faculty that year. She was a University Distinguished Professor in Mining Engineering until her retirement from the University of Arizona in May 2017. Dr. Poulton was the first woman to lead an engineering department in the history of the University of Arizona, serving from 2000 to 2014. She now serves as co-director of the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources. Dr. Poulton’s research on machine learning and AI for the past 30 years has led to numerous publications, patents, and innovations in the mining, oil and gas, and water industries.

Dr. Suna CinarDr. Suna Cinar received her B.S. degree in Chemical engineering from Yildiz University, Turkey, her M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, and her Ph.D in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University. She is a Research Engineer at Istanbul Technical University’s Technology Transfer Center in Turkey, where she is part of a major national initiative to develop advanced water resources management models for the country. Dr. Cinar’s research interests include sustainability, modeling and optimization.

Location-The University of Arizona Tech Park

The University of Arizona Tech Park

The UA Tech Park at Rita Road is one of the nation's premier research parks – a dynamic, interactive community where innovators and business leaders meet, where emerging companies and technology giants work side by side. Located in one of Arizona’s fast-growing suburban settings on Tucson’s southeast side, the Park’s spacious campus encompasses 1,345 acres and has 2 million square feet of space for high-tech offices, R&D, and laboratory facilities.

Optional Grand Canyon Tour

Join us to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with a guided day trip to the Grand Canyon.

Depart Tucson Hotel at 5:00am, enjoy a box breakfast and coffee on the bus, arrive at South Rim at 11:00am for lunch in Maswick Village. Choose between a hike into the canyon or a comfortable ride to various vistas, sites and visitor’s centers. Depart the Canyon at 4:00pm and arrive back at hotel at 10:00pm.

Things to Do in Tucson:

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Desert Museum is ranked on TripAdvisor.com as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors!

The 98-acre Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. Features include:

  • 21 interpreted acres with two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats
  • 230 animal species
  • 1,200 types of plants — 56,000 individual specimens
  • One of the world's most comprehensive regional mineral collections

Beyond merely an attraction, the Museum's conservation and research programs are providing important information to help conserve the Sonoran Desert region.

The Desert Museum's Art Institute inspires conservation through art education and gallery exhibits. The Museum's publishing division, ASDM Press, has produced over 40 books and guides on the natural and cultural history of the Sonoran Desert region.

2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson AZ 85743
520.883.2702 info@desertmuseum.org
Hours: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest non-government funded aviation and space museums in the world! Featuring over 350 historical aircrafts, from a Wright Flyer to a 787 Dreamliner. Sitting on 80 acres the museum opened its doors to the public in May of 1976. Over the past forty years, the museum has grown immensely and today encompasses six indoor exhibit hangars (three dedicated to WWII).

Docent-led walking tours and museum ground Tram Tours are offered daily. The museum is the exclusive operator of bus tours of the 2,600-acre “Aircraft Boneyard”/U.S. military and government aircraft storage facility.

6000 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson, Arizona 85756
520.574.0462 http://www.pimaair.org/
Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saguaro National Park

Tucson, Arizona is home to the nation's largest cacti. The giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of the modern city of Tucson. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset.

3693 S Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730
520.733.5153 https://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm

The Rincon Mountain District (east), the park is open to vehicles from 7:00 a.m. (if staffing permits, gates may open earlier) to sunset daily.

You can walk or bike into the park 24 hours a day.

Tombstone, Arizona

A visit to Tombstone is like traveling back in time from a busy, modern urban metropolis to the days of the old Wild West. Here in The Town Too Tough to Die, hear the tales of debauchery and crime from this legendary frontier mining camp, where wooden buildings and dusty streets make it feel like it’s still 1880.

While wandering the streets full of damsels and outlaws, stroll past Big Nose Kate’s Saloon that was once the Grand Hotel, which was built in 1881 and owned by a woman who was rumored to be the girlfriend of the feared gunfighter Doc Holliday. Make a stop by the OK Corral and hear about the infamous shootout, which some have called the world’s most famous 30-second gunfight.

You’ll also see the Birdcage Theater, a strange combination of a theater, gambling parlor, saloon and brothel — the type of building that typified life in the old Wild West. At the Tombstone Historical Courthouse, see inside the home of Wyatt Earp and his gunfighting friend Doc Holliday, and travel up to Boot Hill Cemetery where famous frontiersmen are buried.

Located just a little over an hour from Tucson via AZ Route 80, this day trip is worth the drive!

Hotel Information

AI Training Course Hotel:

Best Western Royal Sun
Address: 1015 N. Stone Ave. Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 622-8871

  • Green Certified by: Best Western International
  • GreenSuites International
  • Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association
  • Green Kay Global- 3 Green Keys Rating
  • 79 Spacious Rooms & Suites
  • Rated AAA – 3 Diamonds
  • Free Cook-To-Order Breakfast
  • 2-FOR-1 Drinks - Every Evening
  • Wired & Wireless HSIA
  • Centrally Located less than a Mile from Downtown, U of A, I-10 & I-19
  • Restaurant & Bar on property
  • Exercise Room
  • Outdoor heated Pool & Spa
  • Complimentary Bus Parking
  • Baggage Handling available

Group Name: AI Training

Please ask for this group to receive special group rate.

Rooms & Rates:

Deluxe King - $99.99+tax
Deluxe King with Sofa - $99.99+tax
Deluxe Two Queens - $99.99+tax

Cutoff Date: 10/02/18
Please call before 10/02 in order to receive training course rate.

Other Hotel Options:

Marriott Tucson University Park Hotel
Address: 880 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 792-4100

This straightforward hotel at the University of Arizona is a 13-minute walk from Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium and 4 miles from Reid Park Zoo.

Unfussy rooms come with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, desks and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living spaces and pull-out sofas. Some rooms and suites feature balconies and/or mountain views, and they provide access to a lounge with complimentary continental breakfast and evening appetizers.

There's Southwestern restaurant in the atrium, as well as a bar/lounge. Other amenities include a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, an exercise room and a business center.

Training course rate: $135 + $9 (parking) + tax.


Hampton Inn-Tucson Airport
Address: 6971 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85756
Phone: (520) 918-9000

This modern hotel adjacent to Tucson International Airport is 5 miles from the Pima Air & Space Museum and 8 miles from Reid Park Zoo.

Straightforward rooms include free Wi-Fi and custom-designed beds, plus desks, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs with HD channels. Suites add living areas, wet bars and microwaves. Some rooms offer balconies.

Free perks include parking, an airport shuttle, hot breakfast and weekday breakfast bags to go. Other amenities include a fitness center and an outdoor pool, plus a snack shop and a business center.


Transportation to Training Course

Shuttle service for the course will be provided between the Marriott Tucson University Park Hotel and the Tech Park training site. Otherwise, attendees are responsible for procuring their own rental car or ride-hailing services to and from training. The Tech Park is a short 20-minute drive from downtown Tucson. One-way services charge approximately $20.00 each way.



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